This year the blend is Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. As always, the wine is rich, complex, ageable, and unique among California reds. Zin brings its distinctly briary, wild berry taste to the pedigree of the Bordeaux varieties. The result is a balanced, elegant and refined wine that will stand five to eight years of age. A great accomplishment, with…
An interesting blend of 60% Zinfandel and 40% Cabernet Sauvignon. There are aromas and flavors of spicy cinnamon and jammy blackberries. The earthy mouthfeel and coarse tannins suggest these two varietals, which aren’t used to sharing the same barrel, need some time to integrate.
Extraordinarily ripe, with baked berry pastry and currant flavors. Zinfandel gives the wine a briary edge, while Cabernet brings elegance. This big wine is tannic now and will benefit from a few years, but not too many, in the bottle.
This somewhat bizarre marriage of Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon may lack harmony due to the coming together of flavors that don’t really work well in tandem, but the exuberant fruit and spice and firm tannins are enjoyable.
From Duckhorn, a very serious producer, but this is their fun wine. Not to say this blend of Zin, Cab, Merlot and Cab Franc isn’t a heavyweight red. It is, with massive berry, cherry, chocolate and peppery spice flavors. But it seems designed for easier fare, such as barbecue. At its best over the next 5 years.
This blend, which is mainly Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon, is robust. It’s a trattoria or bistro wine, dry, tannic and spicy, with earthy flavors. Drink now with rich foods to tease out the berry fruit.
Tasty in blackberry jam and sugared espresso flavors, although technically dry, this wine is pretty tannic, with a slightly rustic edge. It’s full-bodied enough to go with big, sturdy roasts and strongly-flavored cheeses.
A blend of Zinfandel and three Bordeaux varieties, this rich, fruity wine is meant to be opened now. It’s forward in blackberry, cherry, raspberry, currant and spice flavors, wrapped into finely ground tannins, and is dry. From Duckhorn.